The History of Provider Appreciation Day goes back to 1996, in New Jersey. A group of volunteers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers. Year to year, celebrations and support have grown to include recognition by advocates, organizations and government agencies across the country with proclamations signed by many state governors, including our own. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day, visit
Some ways to celebrate on May 12, 2017, go from a Card, Certificate, Provider of the Year Award and a hug. Find your own special way to show appreciation to your child care provider. Parents, CACFP Sponsors and Staff... Recognize providers the Friday before Mother's Day! Do one thing... remember Child Care keeps America Working and your Child Care Provider is the best in the whole world! #CACFP #ChildCare #Parents #ProviderAppreciationDay Look for more ideas on our Facebook page! Download the certificate for your provider below.
After being asked more than a few times by others in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) the Association for Child Development (ACD) is sharing the opportunity to other sponsors to order their Spanish Desktop Calendar and Record Keeper to assist Providers with their required CACFP record keeping. This calendar has been widely used in Michigan and Illinois.
ACD would like to extend the opportunity to purchase these calendars for your Spanish providers. (Note that the English version may also be purchased) The Desktop Calendar is 7.5” x 10.5”, spiral bound, with over 200 pages. The price includes mailing costs. We ask for orders to be placed by July 7, 2017, and they will be mailed at the end of September 2017. English version
Paula James was recognized at the NCA conference in San Diego last month with The CHANGEMAKER Award from the National Child Nutrition Foundation. The Changemaker award celebrates a CACFP community member whose masterful achievements in their role have directly benefited the CACFP community.
The entire CACFP community knows of her ongoing work and contributions to the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Ms. James stated that she was "very honored to receive the recognition and looks forward to achieving more changes for the good of all in CACFP in the future."
Paula James, is the Director of the Contra Costa Child Care Council, Child Health and Nutrition Program. Working for over 30 years to improve the eating and activity environments in early care settings. Her program has developed tools to assist child care settings in assessing their nutrition and physical activity environments. Actively involved in advocacy for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and public policy efforts focused on prevention of childhood obesity. Paula serves on the board of the National Child and Adult Care Food Program Forum, she chairs the Child Care Food Program Roundtable Advisory Committee, serves on the Steering Committee of the CA Strategic Alliance. A member of the Paperwork Reduction Task Force and the USDA CACFP Technical Assistance Task Force.
Her unwavering commitment, passion and continued efforts on behalf of Children, The Child and Adult Care Food Program, Sponsors, and Child Care Providers has earned respect and admiration from everyone in the field. Join us in congratulating Paula James as she is recognized as a CACFP CHANGEMAKER.